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Planes on the runway at Piopiotahi / Milford Sound with Mitre Peak in the background
May 2024

What to expect on your Fly Cruise Fly

If you’re on a tight schedule, or really want to treat yourself, then a flightseeing tour is the trip for you!
At 4-5 hours return including the two hour cruise, it is the most time-efficient, and not to mention most magnificent, way to experience the Fiordland National Park by both sea and sky.

With a guaranteed window seat on every fixed wing plane, this is a bucket list item you won’t want to miss.

The trip begins close to Queenstown airport with a scenic departure over Lake Wakatipu to the Mt Aspiring National Park. Soak up some incredible scenery as you soar over snow-capped mountains, hanging valleys, alpine lakes, and ancient glaciers on this 35 minute flight.

After an epic flyover of Milford Sound through the towering sides of the fiord, you will be whisked from the Milford airport to the wharf to board your cruise. 

As you sail through the fiord, you can appreciate the size of the sheer cliffs, hanging valleys and cascading waterfalls that looked so small from a bird’s eye view.

The incredible onboard crew will welcome you into their backyard as one the family, and share their wealth of knowledge on their wild place. Choose to join the skipper to look out for local wildlife from the wheelhouse or join the crew for a glacial facial as the boat noses close to Stirling Falls waterfall.

Complimentary tea and coffee is available from the licensed Café Bar, with options to purchase a variety of hot and cold refreshments.

The return flight to Queenstown travels over the Fiordland National Park this time, highlighting the long and winding road that you have skilfully avoided!

Return transfers to Queenstown airfield are complimentary from Queenstown and Frankton hotels, or you can make your own way to the departure point to start to your flightseeing adventure. 

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A cheeky kea boards the coach to Piopiotahi / Milford Sound